How to Add or Remove Compatibility Tab on Properties Page in Windows

The Compatibility tab on the property page displays a list of options that can be selected and applied to the application to resolve the most common issues affecting legacy applications. This shell extension is visible on the property context-menu of any program shortcut or executable file.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Compatibility tab on the property page of program shortcut or executable files for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the Compatibility tab on the property page.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Add or Remove Compatibility Tab on Properties Page in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Compatibility Tab on Properties Page using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Compatibility tab on property page
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Add or Remove Compatibility Tab on Properties Page in Windows OPTION ONE Add or Remove Compatibility Tab on Properties Page in Windows
Add or Remove Compatibility Tab on Properties Page in Local Group Policy Editor


In Windows 7, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

In Windows 8, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.

In Windows 10, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two.


1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Application Compatibility. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane of Application Compatibility, double click/tap on the Remove Program Compatibility Property Page policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (add) or step 6 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Add Compatibility Tab to Properties Page

A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Remove Compatibility Tab from Properties Page

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Add or Remove Compatibility Tab on Properties Page in Windows OPTION TWO Add or Remove Compatibility Tab on Properties Page in Windows
Add or Remove Compatibility Tab on Properties Page using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppCompat

DisablePropPage DWORD

(delete) = Add
1 = Remove



1. Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Add Compatibility Tab to Properties Page

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Add_Compatibility_tab_to_properties.reg

download


 3. To Remove Compatibility Tab from Properties Page

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Remove_Compatibility_tab_from_properties.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn